5 tips for better time management as an entrepreneur

Time management is about reclaiming control over your calendar, picking a specific "time anchor" that works for you, and sticking to it (even when it's a bit inconvenient)

Whether you’re trying to be more productive, grow your business, or even just get your idea off the ground, time management can help you get there. Simply put, it’s coordinating your day for maximum impact. But how to get there is murkier. 

I faced this problem – when I started PulseBlueprint, it was as a “side hustle”. I still had a full-time job. Frankly, I’d always had something to anchor my day (classes or work) and then my business filled the free time around that, whatever I had. When I went full-time in my business, I got stuck in the daily run around. I think I probably spent more time in transit than I did actually working for the first week. 

If that sounds like you, read on. I brought together 5 entrepreneurs, all with very different businesses, to share how they manage their time and plan their day. Hopefully, you find some value and can apply their hard-learned lessons to make your business that much better.

Your calendar needs rules and structure around it

One of the greatest perks of being a ‘solopreneur’ (someone who works alone or runs a very small team) is that you are entirely in charge of your own schedule. It’s also one of entrepreneurship’s greatest burdens. The reality is we can’t just be productivity machines that can go and go and go. The best way to maximize your productive working hours is to take breaks throughout your day. In an ideal day, I will do focused work for 3 hours and then take a 30-60 minute break, ideally for exercise, a walk, making or eating food, chit chat, watching YouTube, or reading articles (though ideally you’re away from a screen).

I found this enables me to keep going much longer than if I’d tried to just power through. The burden is that your calendar can get out of control unless you put in place rules and structure around it that you stick to.

Jen Couldrey is the Executive Director of registered charity The Upside Foundation.

Use necessary tasks as your time anchors

Basically, I’ve got a few things that must get done each day, like: 

  • Content creation
  • Self-education
  • Client communications
  • Life things like getting to the gym and eating healthy

So I just create blocks out of them, carving time each day for the tasks I know I need to accomplish. For me, it limits the time wasting. If I allow too much to break that up, I’m not ever working.

Chad Hargrove is an online personal trainer and health coach.

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